If this recent trip had a theme, it would have to be embracing the unexpected.  The trip itself came up on short notice, and it took a wee bit of finagling to make it practical for me to come along.  But we sorted it out.  As a result, we went to the water, obtained lovely yarn, launched a new embroidery obsession, visited dear friends, discovered new drinks, and had two of the best meals ever (seriously, Gracie's and T. W. Food, go if you have the chance).  That's an awful lot of delightful things to manage on a short-notice trip.  [...]

January 16, 2014|

Unexpected Development

I'm accustomed to falling prey to random fits of yarn lust.  That's pretty normal at this point.  But my final purchase of the trip was something rather more unexpected.  I bought a coloring book.  More specifically, I bought The Tattoo Coloring Book, and it is astonishingly awesome.  I highly recommend clicking on the picture to go see it in its full glory.  I'll wait. Now, this sort of behavior isn't without precedent.  I have a handy little collection of coloring books (and have since college) plus a giant bucket of colored pencils, and I turn to them in times of [...]

January 14, 2014|


So Wednesday's trip to Webs was lovely and totally met my yarn acquisition needs for the week month near future.  I had absolutely no intention of seeking out more yarn on the trip.  But somehow, completely without my conscious intervention, this happened. I just sort of fell in and couldn't pull myself out without bringing a pair of them home with me.  I'm sure you understand.  The way the color is put on the yarn is's not this stretch is blue and this stretch is purple and this stretch is green.  Rather, each bit of yarn has all the [...]

January 13, 2014|

In which the lighting is bad, but the yarn is good

  Wednesday I got up early, dropped The Boy off at that pesky work thing, and ventured west.  A few hours later, I found myself in front of Webs.  Now, I've shopped on Webs' site and listened to their podcast for years.  One of my first thoughts upon realizing we were headed to Boston was hmmm, that's not far from Webs.  I was rather looking forward to going, and I was not disappointed. Now, that's not to say it was quite like I expected.  I think I assumed it was something like the world's biggest, coziest yarn store with a [...]

January 10, 2014|

What Price Notes

Remember the slipper?  The slipper from back in October? I found I wanted it to have a mate.  So I grabbed the yarn, felt terribly clever that I'd packed the needles up with the yarn, and started knitting. Now, I wasn't quite clever enough to have held on to my notes for these.  But I figured I'd made it once before, I had the first one, I can count, so how hard could it be.  I cast on, did a bit of counting and fiddling, and soon had the first half of a slipper. But all was not well.  Not [...]

January 8, 2014|

In Which an Opportunity Arose

Occasionally, in the course of The Boy's job, the need will arise for him to make a last-minute jaunt.  Sometimes, this means I get to haul myself out of bed very early and drop him at the airport.  Sometimes, it means I look at my schedule, do a bit of calculation, and declare my intent to join him.  One of those calculations found us here on Sunday morning. And yes, that is snow on the hillside.  It was rather brisk.  I was glad of my fetching woolly hat. We saw a host of mysterious sea denizens.  I have no idea [...]

January 7, 2014|
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